In The News
Madden Shooting News:
Officials have confirmed the 2 victims of Sunday’s shooting as Taylor “SpotmePlzzz” Robertson and Elijah “Trueboy” Clayton. Court records show the shooter, David Katz, “had previously been hospitalized for mental illness,” The Associated Press reports. “Katz’s parents disagreed on how to care for their troubled son.”
Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson’s statement on the tragedy reads, in part: “They were respected, positive and skilled competitors, the epitome of the players and personalities at the heart of our community. Their love of…”
DreamHack released a statement on security in the wake of the Madden tournament shooting: “While we can not provide any details on how we work with security, we can say that this is done in…”
Penny Arcade also released a statement in response to the shooting and in regard to PAX West this weekend.
Additionally, Evo announced it will also be upping security for 2019.
Xbox All Access is here. Xbox made the announcement yesterday. It will have no upfront costs and a 24-month payment plan. Xbox One S starts at $21.99/mo and Xbox One X at $34.99/mo.
Oculus founder Palmer Luckey called Magic Leap “trash” in a blog post featuring MS Paint work. “Unfortunately, their current offering is a tragedy in the…”
GameStop’s hurting. “GameStop Corp. suffered its worst stock decline in more than three months … Shares fell as much as 9.9 percent to $14.91 on Monday,” Bloomberg’s Nick Turner and Gerry Smith write.
Ninja remained on top for hours watched on Twitch last week at 4.8 million, TEO reports. Shroud came in 2nd at 1.7 million, timthetatman in 3rd with 1.1 million and dakotaz in 4th with 1.1 million.
Partnership & Sponsorship News:
Method and Wowhead are partnering, Esports Insider’s David Hollingsworth reports. “The deal will see Method continue its work with Wowhead, providing interviews, guides and video content.”
Razer, Alienware and Secretlab are now sponsors of AirAsia’s “employee esports program,” TEO’s Trent Murray writes.
Extra Esports News:
The International 2018 reportedly peaked at “nearly 15 million fans,” Dot Esports’ Preston Byers reports. “Many of those viewers were Chinese.”
Interviews: Evil Geniuses’ Patrick “ACHES” Price (Dot Esports).